Last respects for loved character
Last updated at 16:05, Saturday, 03 March 2012
A TOWN turned out to pay its respects to a much-loved football fan.
Friends and family of the late Tommy Murning lined streets surrounding Our Lady and St James’ Roman Catholic Church, in Millom, to see Mr Murning make his final journey yesterday.
Mr Murning, 40, was found dead by his father on February 21.
With his coffin painted in his beloved Manchester United colours, Mr Murning’s body was carried by friends from the Murning family home, in Lonsdale Road, to St James’ Church.
More than 200 people packed into the church with dozens more being waiting outside the church to pay their respects to a loving father and a passionate football fan.
Snow Patrol’s Open Your Eyes, and versions of With A Little Help From My Friends and You Can Leave Your Hat On replaced traditional hymns in the service.
Mr Murning was a talented football player until a serious road accident forced him to give up the game aged 18.
However, Mr Murning was well-known around the town and a devoted Manchester United fan.
A statement read during the service on behalf of Mr Murning’s family said: “He was a bright, clever pupil at Millom School.
“He was a keen footballer and a big United fan.
“He was very proud of his daughter Ella and all she has done.
“He was a well-known character who liked nothing more than a pint and a good laugh with his mates.
“He was looking forward to returning to Vegas later this year.
“Millom has lost another legend – he’ll be sadly missed by many.”
The former Sellafield process worker was described by his father, Tony Murning, as a ‘character’.
Following Catholic tradition Mr Murning Jnr's coffin was sprinkled with holy water and doused with incense before his body was buried in Millom Cemetery.
Mr Murning is survived by his father, brother Johnny, sisters Toni and Julie and his daughter Ella.
It has not yet been established how Mr Murning died.
An inquest is set to take place at a later date.
First published at 10:39, Saturday, 03 March 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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